Lupus Education and Awareness in Atlanta, Georgia
provides this diagram to help you identify if the physical changes
you or someone you know is experiencing are indicative of SLE.
Is SLE Diagnosed?
is chronic, complex, and often difficult to diagnose. First, there is
no single laboratory test that can determine if a person has SLE.
Second, many symptoms
of SLE are similar to those of
other diseases and can come and go over weeks and months.
look at a person’s medical history, rule
out other diseases, and consider both physical and laboratory
evidence before an SLE diagnosis. The symptoms of SLE vary from
patient to patient.
Criteria of Lupus
of Rheumatology established “Eleven Criteria of Lupus”
to help make or exclude a diagnosis of SLE. If your doctor
finds that you have at least four
of the 11 symptoms listed below and finds no
other reason for them, you may have
Rash – Butterfly-Shaped Rash Across Cheeks and Nose
(Skin) Rash – Raised Red Patches
– Skin Rash as Result of Unusual Reaction to Sunlight
or Nose Ulcers – Usually Painless
Two or More Joints, Along With Tenderness,
Swelling, or Effusion – With nonerosive
arthritis, the bones around the joints don’t get destroyed.
Involvement – Inflammation of the Lining Around the Heart